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NDMA chairman says 2,000 additional ventilators to be sought from China ISLAMABAD: National Disaster Management Authority Chairman Lt Gen Mohammad Afzal said on Monday that  keeping in view the need of the country during the coronavirus pandemic, 2,000 additional ventilators would be sought from China. The Parliamentary Committee on Coronavirus Monitoring held its first meeting […]

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ADB forecasts Pakistan’s GDP to shrink, sees rise in inflation in 2020 Pakistan’s GDP growth rate will shrink to 2.6% from 3.3%, while inflation will remain around 11.5% for 2020, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) projects in its latest report released on Friday. The Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2020 report noted that Pakistan, compared to […]

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Google reports on mobility trend changes in Pakistan during coronavirus lockdown Tech giant Google has released reports on social distancing and mobility pattern changes in Pakistan among other countries, as the world observed strict lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Google provided the reports to help give an idea of movement across countries […]

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World Bank approves Rs33 bn to help Pakistan counter COVID-19 ISLAMABAD: The World Bank’s (WB) Board of Executive Directors on Thursday approved $200 million (Rs33.31 billion) package to help Pakistan take effective and timely action to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by strengthening the country’s national healthcare systems and mitigating socioeconomic disruptions. According to WB’s […]

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Coronavirus death toll passes 20,000, three billion under lockdown More than three billion people around the world were living under lockdown on Wednesday as governments stepped up their efforts against the coronavirus pandemic which has left more than 20,000 people dead. As the number of confirmed cases worldwide soared past 450,000, UN Secretary General Antonio […]

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China, US to help Pakistan fight coronavirus ISLAMABAD: To help Pakistan face the daunting challenge of fighting the coronavirus, China and the United States have emerged as leading partners, despite the fact that both these major world powers are themselves fighting this deadly disease on a large scale. China besides providing $4 million to build […]

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Coronavirus spread due to ignorance of conservative religious class: Fawad Chaudhry ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry Thursday said coronavirus outbreak has spread in Pakistan due to ignorance of the conservative religious class. Fawad Chaudhry said in a statement that the global outbreak of coronavirus has spread in Pakistan due to ignorance […]

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Pakistan asked not to sign accords for Haj ISLAMABAD: The government of Saudi Arabia on Thursday asked the Pakistan government not to make any arrangements regarding accommodation and travelling of the intending pilgrims for the upcoming Haj in view of the coronavirus outbreak till final decision is taken by the Kingdom. Saudi Minister for Haj […]

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Chinese says equipment for Pakistan seized by India is for industrial, not military use BEIJING: China on Thursday dismissed the Indian accusation that the industrial autoclave seized on a Pakistan-bound Chinese ship could be used for military purposes, saying it was actually a heat treatment furnace shell system and not a dual-use item classified under […]

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US-Taliban deal jolted: Ghani rejects Taliban prisoners’ release.. KABUL: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani rejected on Sunday a Taliban demand for the release of 5,000 prisoners as a condition for talks with Afghanistan’s government and civilians, included in a deal between the United States and the militants. “The government of Afghanistan has made no commitment to […]

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